Why study in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, traditional Chinese culture and architecture exist alongside an iconic skyline of modern skyscrapers, visible reminders of Hong Kong’s status as a world-leading hub for commerce, finance, trade and logistics. Hong Kong also harbors ambitions of becoming a regional, and indeed global, hub for higher education, and is investing in schemes aimed at increasing international student enrolments, diversifying the tertiary sector and nurturing its already strong culture of research and innovation.
Many universities in Hong Kong already boast the kind of reputation needed to attract students and scholars from around the world. On top of this are the various attractions of life in Hong Kong – a multicultural and outward-looking society offering some of the most diversified experiences you could hope to access in such a compact space – and the wide use of English both within higher education and in daily interactions, to make Hong Kong an appealing choice for many prospective students seeking a relatively accessible Asian destination. That said, anyone planning to study in Hong Kong should definitely allow for a period of transition. Life in this fast-paced, action-packed metropolis is likely to feel like something of a whirlwind experience to begin with.
Universities in Hong Kong
There are almost 20 degree-awarding higher education institutions in Hong Kong, of which eight are publicly funded. All eight public universities in Hong Kong use English as the medium of instruction for the majority of courses, and all are well-known and respected well beyond the locality.
In the QS World University Rankings® 2019, Hong Kong’s highest entry is the University of Hong Kong at 25th place, which continues to rank ahead of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), which is ranked 37th. The Chinese University of Hong Kong is also not far behind at 49th.
The City University of Hong Kong also places within the top 100 at 55th, while the Hong Kong Polytechnic University is ranked 106th.
In the 2019 edition of the QS Asia University Rankings, Hong Kong claims four representatives among the 10 top universities in Asia alone, led by the University of Hong Kong in second place, while the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is seventh.
Looking at the QS World University Rankings by Subject, you can see universities in Hong Kong are often world-leading in technical and engineering subjects. The University of Hong Kong, for example, is ranked internationally for 37 out of 48 subjects, placing within the world’s top 50 for a large amount of these. It comes first in the world for dentistry, seventh for education & training and 11th for civil & structural engineering.
HKUST meanwhile places within the world’s top 50 schools for a variety of subjects including computer science, business and management, accounting and finance, civil and structural engineering, statistics, electrical engineering, economics, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials sciences, mechanical engineering and mathematics.
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